This blog post will explore why patching regularly and often is critical, including some things you should know about how vulnerabilities get disclosed, along with best practices for keeping your system safe from cybercriminals who exploit these flaws as soon as they become known publicly.
Unpatched software is a known vulnerability that criminals and scammers exploit.
A vulnerability is a weakness in software or hardware. It can be used by criminals to attack devices and systems, steal information, take control of the device and more. They may also use vulnerabilities in software to spread malware to other computers on your network.
When security patches are released for your software (a patch is an update designed to fix a problem with software), you need to install them as soon as possible. These patches contain fixes that make sure that malicious hackers cannot exploit any vulnerabilities they find in your system or application after it is installed on your computer or phone.
If you don’t apply these updates regularly and often, then you leave yourself vulnerable – not only do criminals have access to this information but also anyone who has gained access remotely can gain access easily!
Patches are not always perfect.
Because patches can be difficult to install and cause problems, they’re an important part of a good patching strategy. However, it’s also important to know that although patches are designed to fix problems in software, sometimes they don’t work as intended.
You need something that will manage all the updates from multiple vendors on your network at once so you can easily prioritize what needs attention first (and what doesn’t). You want a solution that not only provides ongoing management but also monitors for compliance with security standards like PCI DSS2 or HIPAA3 guidelines. A single solution can help ensure that every system is up-to-date with critical security fixes without disrupting operations or causing other damage.
Patching is one of several security best practices.
Yes, patching is one of several critical security best practices that you should be practicing to keep your network safe. However, it’s important to remember that patching isn’t the only thing you need to do in order to stay secure. In addition to applying patches regularly and often, there are other areas of security—such as malware protection and employee education—that also need attention in order for your organization to fully defend itself against cybercrime threats. Patching can never be 100% effective; sometimes a flaw in a piece of code makes it impossible for even the most diligent software maker or cloud provider (or both) to fix bugs without compromising the user experience or introducing new bugs into their product line-up.
The best way to protect yourself is to patch regularly and often.
While it’s important that companies apply patches as soon as possible, this isn’t the only thing you can do to protect yourself from malware and other security threats. Here are a few additional best practices:
- Use strong passwords that are difficult for hackers to guess or crack, especially if they contain numbers, symbols, and uppercase/lowercase characters instead of just lowercase letters.
- Use two-factor authentication whenever possible on websites where it’s available (such as Facebook). This means that when you log in from an unrecognized device or location (which could be a sign of a hack), you’ll need something else besides your password—typically via text message verification or through Google Authenticator on an app like Authy—to prove it’s really you doing so before gaining access. That second layer of protection will help prevent attackers from hijacking your accounts even if they do manage to compromise one or more passwords and logins somewhere along the way!
The bottom line is that if you want to avoid being a victim of cybercrime, you must keep your computer and software up-to-date with the latest patches. Patches are not always perfect, but they’re still an important part of any security strategy. In addition, it’s critical to scan for malware on your device as well as keep track of all your passwords so that you can change them regularly and use different passwords for each account online. At the end of the day though… remember: nothing is 100% safe! So stay vigilant and don’t let yourself become complacent about cybersecurity because then you might get taken advantage off! Get in touch with us and let IBITS handle all your tech-related headaches. You can contact us through any of these means Email, Instagram, Facebook, Linkedin, or Twitter, or call us at 306-205-8889. Read the last blog here.